American actor Nelsan Ellis, 39, who starred in the popular HBO series, died. Ellis, famed for playing Lafayette Reynolds fiery in a series of horror and drama, died after complications from heart failure.
“He was a great talent, and he will miss his words and be there forever,” director Emily Gerson Saines told the Hollywood reporter. Ellis appeared in True Blood from 2008 until the series ended in 2014. “We were very saddened to hear Nielsen Ellis,” the organization said in a statement on Saturday.
“Nielsen was a long-time member of the HPO family, whose image Lafayette will be remembered very well,” the statement added. Ellis regularly appeared throughout the series of True Blood after first appearing as a cook at a local restaurant in 2008. He played the role of Lafayette, a charismatic gay way who was able to connect to ghosts.
He also co-starred with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in authoring the Kathryn Stockett The Hillb novel in 2011. Spencer Ellis on Saturday praised the comment posted on Twitter: “Just got the word that we lost nelsanellisofficial, my heart breaks for his children and his family.”
The others who pay their respects were real stars in True Blood Michael McMillan, Lauren Bowles, Christine Bauer and Joe Manganello. “He was crushed by the loss of my friend,” Manganello said. “One of the sweetest talented guys I’ve ever met and a huge loss for us all,” Boer wrote in a post on the photo sharing application Instagram.
McMillan said on Twitter he was “surprised” and “ruined” by the news. Ellis survived his grandmother Alex Brown, his father Tommy Lee Thompson and his son Bryon, along with seven brothers.